Moscow calls for investigations into civilian deaths in Afghanistan by US airstrikes


November 11, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

The Russian Foreign Ministry stated on its website on Friday that Kabul and the international community should investigate civilian deaths in Afghanistan from US airstrikes.

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At least 10 civilians were killed and a further 20 injured on November 3 when a US airstrike hit several communities in Afghanistan’s Chahar Dara District in the Kunduz Province.

“We resolutely call on the Afghan authorities and international rights protection organizations to organize a thorough and objective investigation into all circumstances of the incident in the Chahar Dara District, prosecution of those responsible and taking effective measures to prevent such incidents in the future,” the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.

“Though the specified fact was officially confirmed by experts from the UN Mission on support for Afghanistan, representatives of Afghan national security forces and the US and NATO military command in Afghanistan say there are no civilian deaths,” the Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out.

“We express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims and wish those injured in the incident to get well soon,” the ministry added.

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